Civil Disobedience Planned- Keystone XL
Make your plans now to help the protest next month.
It bills itself as "America's largest and most influential grassroots organization." And the 121-year-old Sierra Club, founded by the famed 19th-century California conservationist John Muir, is also the world's prototype environmental group, born out of battles to save the colossal Pacific Coast redwoods and create America's earliest national parks.
Now, in what's being described as an "unprecedented" moment in an organizational history that encompasses landmark fights to protect the Grand Canyon, block nuclear power projects and preserve millions of hectares of pristine wilderness, the Sierra Club has formally decided to engage in its first-ever act of civil disobedience in a bid to stop one of Canada's biggest economic development projects: TransCanada Corp.'s construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to pump oil-sands petroleum from Alberta to refineries in the U.S.
Obama, who will make the ultimate decision on the fate of the pipeline after Nebraska's governor, Dave Heineman, announced his state's approval this week of a new route for Keystone XL, is the chief target of the planned Sierra Club protest next month.
Details of the action are being closely guarded to preserve the "element of surprise," the club's national spokesperson, Maggie Kao, told Postmedia News. She would only say the planned act of civil disobedience, to be organized in collaboration with the U.S.-based climate-change action group 350.org, would take place in February.
Here is a link that might be useful: Sierra Club protests planned